Professor Darren Croft
Professor of Animal Behaviour


Research projects

Broadly my research can be divided into two distinct areas that cross-fertilise one another:

i) The ecology and evolution of group living in wild animal populations: This work combines experimental and observational work in natural populations together with controlled laboratory manipulations and experiments to provide a very powerful framework for testing behavioural and evolutionary hypotheses.

ii) The implications of social behaviour for the management, welfare and productivity of captive animals. Building on my work on wild animal populations, my research group is applying methods and concepts that have been developed in behavioural ecology to real world questions relating to animal health, welfare and productivity.

I welcome informal applications from potential PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who are able to attract their own funding (e.g. international PhD scholarships, EU fellowships and visiting researchers). If you are interested in joining our research group then please email me.

Research grants

  • 2013 NERC
    The Evolution of Prolonged Post-Reproductive Lifespan in a Non-Human Mammal
  • 2013 FNU (The Danish Council for Independent Research / Natural S
    Social niche construction and evolutionary implications for animal behaviour
  • 2012 BBSRC
    Assessment of Dairy Cow Welfare through Predictive Modelling of Individual and Social Behaviour
  • 2011 Leverhulme Trust
    The Evolution of Cooperation in Structured Animal Societies.
  • 2011 DairyCo
    Social Components of Welfare and Productively in Dairy Cattle
  • 2011 DEFRA
    The influence of Social Networks on Welfare and Productivity in Dairy Cattle
  • 2010 FNU (The Danish Council for Independent Research)
    Cognitive and Physical Aspects of Animal Communication Networks
  • 2007 Nuffield Science Award
    Behavioural Syndromes: Environmental Influences in a Naturally Clonal Species of Fish
  • 2006 NERC
    Mechanisms and Functions of Sexual Segregation
  • 2004 Fisheries Society of the British Isles
    Sexual Segregation in the Trinidadian Guppy
  • 0 Leverhulme Trust
    The Evolution of Eye Salience as a Signal for Communication

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